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PUMPKIN CRANBERRY BREAD

  • 1 cup canned, solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup picked-over fresh or frozen cranberries
This bread is a delicious holiday treat!

Preheat oven to 350°F and butter a loaf pan, 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 3/4 inches.

In a sizeable bowl, beat together pumpkin, sugar, water, eggs, and oil with an electric mixer. Sift in flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and spices and stir just until batter is smooth. Stir in cranberries. Spoon batter into loaf pan, spreading evenly.

Bake bread in the middle of the oven for approximately an hour and 15 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on a rack for approximately ten minutes (be patient, you rascal). Turn bread out onto the rack and cool completely. Bread may be made 4 days ahead and chilled, covered.

Makes 1 loaf.

=======Tim D. Culey - Baton Rouge=====
Submitted by Tess M Nov 26, 2009


15 min 30 min 45 min

Vegetable oil

  • Salad dressing, condiments, cookies, crackers, chips, and mayo are high in vegetable oil
  • Heart doctors recommend balancing the consumption of two fatty acid types: Omega 6 (found in vegetable oil) and Omega 3 (found in fish)
  • Processed foods are high in vegetable oil so the typical U.S. citizen consumes much more vegetable oil than the body can handle
  • Vegetable oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids which many doctors believe can cause chronic inflammation and lead to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer's

Pumpkin

  • Field pumpkins are harder to bake with because they are large and stringy
  • Sugar pie pumpkins are popular for baking and soups
  • If you intend to grow pumpkins, keep in mind that they require a lot of water and fertilizer
  • Pumpkins actually have more potassium than bananas
  • Pumpkins are high in beta-carotene which is linked to cancer prevention
  • Pumpkins are loaded with vitamin A which helps to promote good eyesight
  • It is rumored that Christopher Columbus brought pumpkin seeds to Europe upon his return from America
  • Most evidence indicates that pumpkins originated in the Ancient Americas
  • Native American farmers often grew pumpkins/squash with corn and string beans because they had a symbiotic growing effect
  • Pumpkins are in the gourd family which includes watermelon, zucchini, and cantaloupe
  • The heaviest pumpkin ever recorded was presented at a festival in Minnesota (in 2010) weighing in at 1800 lbs.
  • The Jack-o-lantern originated from an Irish legend based on a character named "Stingy Jack" who tricked the Devil and upon his death was blocked from both Heaven and Hell
  • The word "pumpkin" evolved from the Greek word "pepon" which translates to "large melon"

Ginger

  • To select fresh ginger, try to find roots with smooth light skin rather than dark and wrinkled
  • When cooking, the flavor of ginger becomes less powerful and will turn bitter if overcooked
  • The ginger root can be peeled and sliced in a manner that is similar to a potato and will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks
  • Ginger has a sweet, tangy flavor and mixes well with a variety of vegetables, fish, poultry, and red meat
  • Ginger supplements beat anti-inflammatory drugs in a U. of Miami study with patients suffering from arthritic joint pain
  • Lab studies have shown that ginger slows cell growth in colon cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Many people use ginger to fight nausea caused by motion sickness or morning sickness

Cinnamon

  • Add cinnamon to your desserts to help with digestion of your meal
  • Many natural health experts recommend a half teaspoon of cinnamon per day to enjoy health benefits
  • Test cinnamon for freshness with your nose: Fresh cinnamon has a sweet smell
  • Cinnamon sticks will stay fresh for about a year if kept in a cool dry location while cinnamon powder will hold fresh for about half a year
  • Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde which can regulate hormone production in women
  • A study from the Kangnam Korean Hospital showed that cinnamon reduces arthritic pain
  • Some diabetic patients eat cassia cinnamon to lower blood sugar
  • Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of an evergreen tree that thrives in warm, humid climates
  • Cinnamon is a source of good health containing fiber, iron, and calcium

Sugar

  • The American Heart Association recommends the following for daily sugar intake: 9 Tsp (Men), 5 Tsp (Women), 3 Tsp (Children)
  • The average american consumes over 20 teaspoons of sugar per day
  • Most sweeteners including sugar and fruit extracts, cane juices, honey, syrup, etc. have a fructose/glucose ratio of approximately 50/50
  • Fructose is found in sugar and most sweeteners and is unhealthy because it goes straight to the liver causing diabetes and heart disease
  • Sugar is sometimes referred to as "evaporated cane juice"
  • Many people choose sugar over high fructose corn syrup because sugar is not as highly processed
  • Consumption of sugar increases insulin levels, increases energy, but then leads to a drop in both and likely a craving for more food

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